What Is Fluoride?

Fluoride is a negatively charged monoatomic ion naturally found in drinking water and some food sources. It has been proven to be an essential element in developing and maintaining sound dental health.  Since 1903, fluoride has been studied for the benefits in the reduction of caries, which are damaged areas of the teeth resembling small holes often caused by bacteria, sugary drinks, and poor dental hygiene. Additionally, fluoride is found in toothpaste, mouthwashes, topical gels, varnishes, etc. as sodium fluoride, stannous fluoride, and sodium monofluorophosphate compounds.


Is Fluoride treatment necessary for you?

Fluoride is not used to eliminate decayes that are already in the tooth, but it is used to build a stronger outer surface to the patient’s teeth to prevent future decayes and cavities. Fluoride is applied to the teeth to restore the minerals to the surface of the teeth where bacteria can erode the enamel. Fluoride treatment can also prevent the growth of harmful oral bacteria and withhold the decay from penetrating into the deeper parts of the patient’s teeth. Both children and adults can benefit from fluoride treatment.

How does a professional fluoride treatment process take place?

The whole process takes just a few minutes, but the result goes a long way to protect your teeth. At Newport smile studio, we offer professional fluoride treatments using the highest quality materials in the form of foams and gels. They are applied with a swab, brush, tray, or mouthwash. There is no pain in this process at all and the only thing is that you should wait for a couple of minutes to let the fluoride material absorb before you eat or drink anything. Evaluating your oral health and situation can help us choose the right product and treatment for your special case. For more information, please call us.

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What is the Function of Fluoride for Teeth?

Scientifically speaking, fluoride ions reduce the solubility of the hydroxyapatite (about 97% of our tooth enamel structure) phase and enhance the crystallization kinetics of the enamel remineralization process. In addition, fluoride ions diffuse into the hydroxyapatite crystal structures, making fluorapatite less soluble than hydroxyapatite, even under acidic conditions. In other words, fluoride strengthens teeth, especially the outer surface of the enamel, and makes them more resistant to decay.

Reasons to Get the Floride Treatment

The Benefits of Fluoride Treatment:

Although most individuals get fluoride through food and water, it isn’t always enough to keep teeth from decaying. For the following reasons, your dentist or dental hygienist may advise you to utilize fluoride treatments at home and/or at the dentist’s office:
  • Profuse holes, pits, and cracks on the tops of teeth
  • Exposed and sensitive root surfaces
  • Fair to poor oral hygiene habits
  • Frequent sugar and carbohydrate intake
  • Insufficient fluoride exposure 
  • Poor flow of saliva caused by other conditions, medications, or medical treatments
  • Recent history of dental decay

We Can Prevent Tooth Decay If We Work Together

Fluoride is not an end-all-be-all option to prevent tooth decay! Brushing your teeth at least twice a day, flossing regularly, eating balanced meals, limiting sugary snacks, and visiting your dentist on a regular basis are all essential. However, fluoride can be an option to help benefit other dental hygiene habits and treatments. 


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